Volume Two (She & Him album)

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Volume Two
Studio album by She & Him
Released March 17, 2010 (2010-03-17)
(see release history)
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Indie pop, alternative country
Length 43:16
Label P-Vine, Merge, Double Six
Producer M. Ward
She & Him chronology
Volume One
(2008)
Volume Two
(2010)
A Very She and Him Christmas
(2011)

Volume Two is the second studio album by She & Him, a collaboration between M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel. It was released on March 17, 2010 through P-Vine Records in Japan, in the United States on March 23, 2010 through Merge Records,[1] and on April 5, 2010 on Double Six Records in the UK. [2]

The album's track listing was announced on December 8, 2009.[1][2][3][4] "In the Sun" was published online by Pitchfork Media on January 22, 2010[5] and was released as a single with "I Can Hear Music"[1][6] on February 23, 2010.[7] A video of "In the Sun" was released on March 9, 2010.[8]

On 9 February 2010, She & Him were interviewed on BBC 6 Music and performed "Thieves" and "Gonna Get Along without You Now" from the not-yet-released album.[9] Two versions of the song "Thieves" were made available on-line. One was that played for the BBC interview[10] and two weeks later Stereogum premiered the studio version from the album.[11] A video of "Thieves" was released on July 9, 2010.[12]

On 14 March 2010, the entire album became available for streaming on NPR's website.[13] The album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

The album has received positive reviews. Stephen Thompson writes in NPR First Listen, "[Volume Two] isn't exactly dragging listeners through a complex emotional hellride. It's more confection than confessional, but it's a kind-natured one; the audio equivalent of a spring breeze that wafts in at a perfect time."[15]

Rob Dixon comments in inthenews.co.uk, "For a partnership which many may not see as the most obvious, it works brilliantly well. Over the course of the 13 tracks there are a number of gems, while all of the songs are expertly crafted by Deschanel and effortlessly captured by Ward...The covers are also dealt with expertly and fit the overall mood of the album, which has a glistening summery – and occasionally jaunty – feel to it. The sweetness might not be to everyone's taste though, particularly as on initial listens some tracks can appear somewhat samey."[16]

Melissa Maerz wrote in Spin, "fans of '70s AM Gold will sip this stuff down like so much well-aged chardonnay. Buffeted by Ward's pillowy acoustic strums, Deschanel is a convincing soft-rock goddess, conjuring Linda Ronstadt on the country shuffle 'Thieves' and Skeeter Davis on a cover of 'Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now'. She lays down the lullaby 'If You Can't Sleep' with a voice as clear and rosy as stained glass."[17]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[18]
American Music Channel 4/5 stars[19]
The A.V. Club (B+)[20]
BBC (favourable)[21]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[22]
Filter (86%)[23]
MusicOMH 4.5/5 stars[24]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[24]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[25]
Spin 2.5/5 stars[26]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Zooey Deschanel, except where noted.

  1. "Thieves" – 4:08
  2. "In the Sun" – 2:51
  3. "Don't Look Back" – 3:23
  4. "Ridin' in My Car" (Alan G. Anderson) – 3:15
  5. "Lingering Still" – 3:02
  6. "Me and You" – 3:20
  7. "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" (Milton Kellem) – 2:32
  8. "Home" – 4:41
  9. "I'm Gonna Make It Better" – 3:32
  10. "Sing" – 3:14
  11. "Over It Over Again" – 3:30
  12. "Brand New Shoes" – 3:05
  13. "If You Can't Sleep" – 2:49

Bonus tracks[edit]

Singles[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

She and Him

Additional Musicians

Production[edit]

  • Mike Coykendall – engineering, mixing
  • Mike Mogis – engineering, mixing
  • Kendra Lynn – additional engineering
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Kate Quinby – artwork

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue # Ref.
Japan March 17, 2010 P-Vine Records CD, digipak PCD-93325 [31]
United States March 23, 2010 Merge Records CD, digital download, vinyl LP 50354 [32]
United Kingdom April 5, 2010 Double Six Records CD, digital download DS024CD [33]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Irish Independent Albums Chart[34] 1
US Billboard 200[35] 6
US Independent Albums 1
US Rock Albums 1
US Folk Albums 1

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Domino | News | She & Him announce Volume Two". Dominorecordco.com. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
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  4. ^ "Zooey Deschanel M Ward Team Again On She". billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  5. ^ a b "New She & Him: "In the Sun"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  6. ^ "I can hear music". billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  7. ^ "In the Sun B/W I Can Hear Music [Vinyl]: She & Him: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  8. ^ "Video Premiere: She & Him: "In the Sun"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  9. ^ Lauren Laverne (2010-02-09). "6 Music Programmes - Lauren Laverne, 09/02/2010". BBC. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  10. ^ "She & Him – "Thieves" (Live On BBC)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  11. ^ "She & Him – "Thieves" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Video: She & Him: "Thieves"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  13. ^ Thompson, Stephen. "First Listen: She And Him, 'Volume Two'". NPR. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  14. ^ "Justin Bieber Tops Billboard 200 With 'My World 2.0'". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  15. ^ Thompson, Stephen. "First Listen: She And Him, 'Volume Two'". NPR. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  16. ^ "She & Him: Volume Two". Inthenews.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  17. ^ Maerz, Melissa. "She & Him, 'Volume Two' (Merge)". SPIN.com. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  18. ^ Leahey, Andrew (2010-03-24). "Volume Two > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  19. ^ "American Music Channel review". American Music Channel. 
  20. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (2010-03-23). "Volume Two". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  21. ^ Beanland, Chris (2010-03-30). "A nostalgic trip guided by Ward’s understated growl and Zooey’s crisp vocals". BBC. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  22. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (2010-03-17). "Music Review: Volume Two (2010) She & Him". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  23. ^ MacKinnel, Kyle (2010-03-19). "She & Him: Volume Two - Merge". Filter. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  24. ^ a b Welsh, David (2010-03-31). "She & Him - Volume Two (Double Six) UK release date: 5 April 2010". MusicOMH. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  25. ^ Rosen, Jody (2010-03-23). "She & Him - Volume Two: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  26. ^ Maerz, Melissa (2010-03-15). "She & Him, 'Volume Two' (Merge) Dreamy actress, folky co-conspirator coo sweet nothings". Spin. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
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  29. ^ "She & Him: I Put a Spell On You / Lingering Still (Live at KCMP The Current)". Merge Records. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
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  31. ^ "「Volume Two」SHE & HIM - リリース情報 - P-VINE,Inc". Bls-act.co.jp. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
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  34. ^ "Top 10 Independent Artist Albums, Week Ending 15 April 2010". Chart-Track. GfK. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  35. ^ "Music Albums, Top 200 Albums & Music Album Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 

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